Joakim Noah Embraces Ire of Opposing Fans, “Being the Villain”
Joakim Noah is an All-Star in the NBA and deservedly so. The Chicago Bulls center is a defensive force that can make game-changing plays on that end of the floor at any moment. Moreover, Noah’s energy ripples throughout his team on both ends of the floor and his offensive contributions as a finisher at the rim and fantastic interior passer help this Bulls team click.
Joakim Noah is also the villain to most non-Bulls fans; and he’s perfectly fine with things being that way.
In a recent interview with GQ, Noah was asked about his on-the-court style, which he described simply as “being the villain.” Noah continued, saying, “When you look at the people all the way at the top of the arena and they look so small, right? And they’re just jumping up and down, being like, ‘F— you!’—there’s nothing better than that.”
Be it his physical play, his boisterous reactions and celebrations, his brashness, or the simple fact that he doesn’t play for 29 groups of fans’ favorite team, there is a resounding disdain for Noah among NBA fans. They don’t like him. They want to see him and the Bulls fail. Even with Derrick Rose out, though, Noah won’t let that happen and keeps flourishing.
Noah has filled the box score for Chicago this season, putting up 12.1 points, 11.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 steals in 34.1 minutes per game. He’s all eight C-batteries that keep Chicago’s boom box bumping. If you don’t like it, if you don’t like him, then that’s just too bad. Joakim Noah doesn’t care and he’s going to keep on grinding his way to success to a chorus of boos, just the way he likes it.